Author Archives: Christina Pommer

“They said WHAT?” Elections and Information Literacy

Did you know the US has an election coming up in 19 days? Perhaps you’ve debated the debates, analyzed the ads, and nosed through the news? But are you talking about it in your schools or it is too divisive? … Continue reading

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Back to school advice from new(ish) teachers and librarians

David Wee really hit the nail on the head this spring when he admitted that He doesn’t always feel like he knows what he’s doing. I can’t believe that I’m entering my 10th year of librarianship. I’ll still leave conversations … Continue reading

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An Answer to David Wee’s “I Have No Idea What I Am Doing…”

By CD McLean (Berkeley Preparatory School) Background: This post is my first in a couple of years.  They don’t have a login for me yet, so the top bit says Christina, but don’t blame her if you disagree with anything … Continue reading

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Podcast Recommendations: Because why stop at just books?

Raise your hand if you’ve been asked for a book recommendation because you’re a librarian. I’ve been in the car a lot this summer, and audio books are a real commitment. Do I want to devote 12 hours to learning … Continue reading

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A Professional Reading List

In the board survey this spring, there was a request for more book recommendations on the blog. While it’s always fun to think about reading by the beach over the summer, it’s also when we might have more time to … Continue reading

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What do we mean by “information literacy anyway?

(Sidenote—our school has had no Internet for the past two days. This is exam week, aka the throes of “end of year” activities. It’s been fascinating to see the way that technology has snaked its way into so much of … Continue reading

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Hello LA!

Welcome to Los Angeles, and a huge thank you to the Committee for planning an organized conference with diverse programming! Even though I’ve only been involved in AISL for 4 years, every time I enter the hospitality suite at the … Continue reading

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Google Drive, redux

Way back in the fall of 2014 when Independent Ideas was a newborn blog, my first post was Why I’m Drinking the “Google Drive” Kool Aid  As I finish January “research season” with my freshmen and am full force into … Continue reading

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Goodbye Shelfari. Hello Goodreads.

Last weekend when I logged onto the computer, I saw my world crashing down. Hours of labor gone. The blackboard erased. Here’s what I saw. Goodbye, Shelfari and thanks for the last eight years. I’m the first to admit that … Continue reading

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Passive Collaboration…aka “a foot in the door”

Collaboration is a buzzword these days. I’m all for collaboration. How can you be against collaboration? However, you may be familiar with what I have taken to calling “passive collaboration.” Some of the blog posts over the past few months … Continue reading

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